YOUR BEST ADVERTISING MEDIA IN THE LUCRATIVE BLACK MARKET CALL 376-0496 THEC "Charlotte's » ^ C ^ "tylQTn. ° 10TTE POST Community Weekly* BLACK NEWSPAPERS EFFECTIVELY REACH BY FAR, MORE BLACK CONSUMERS VOL. 6 NO. 14 ssat ,TH CAROLINA-Thursday, December 7, 1978 Price 30 cents Head Of Household GaïrtQûîtr^ WASHINGTON, D.C.-Pri mary wage-earners who quit their jobs without good cause would find their families ineli gible for food stampe for two months under a proposal made today by Assistant Secretary of Agriculture Carol Tucker Foreman. "The proposed regulation will ensure that an able-bodied head of household cannot quit a job in order to start receiv ing food stamps," Foreman said. The proposal imple 'ments a provision of the Food Stamp Act of 1977. Foreman said that the new rule is consistent with the desire of the Administration and of Congress to assure that .those not in need of food stamps not receive them, while doing more to get stamps to those who truly are in need, such as the elderly and the working poor. The proposed rule is sche dule to appear in today's Federal Register. Comments aksidd be sent to Nancy Syn der, Food and Nutrition Ser vice, U.S. Department of Agri culture, Washington, D.C., 20250. Deadline for receiving comments is Dec. 21. Brookehire r Boulevard To Qoee For Reper Beginning at 9'a.m. Tues day, December 12, the in bound (southeast) lanes of Brooks hire Boulevard-NC 16 will be closed for one day. The outbound ( northwest) lanes will be closed for a day beginn ing at 9 a.m. Wednesday, December 13. Local traffic will be maintained each time. The boulevard is being'closed for railroad grade crossing maintenance. During the closing, inbound traffic will be detoured via Lawton Road to Rezzells Ferry Road to Hoskins Road and return to Brookshire Boul evard. Outbound traffic will be letoured via Hoskins Road to Chesapeake Drive to Law ton Road and back to Brook shire Boulevard. THE CLOSINGS ARE CONTINGENT UPON WEATHER CONDITIONS. If work cannot begin as schedul ed, it will be shifted to the next clear day. Uptown Charlotte Pute On The ··* I)og—Again! The Seventh Annual àanta s Puppy Sale will be hekt Dec ember U-13 in uptown Char lotte. Puppies from the City Animal Shelter will be on sale daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until ajl tig puppies are sold the Puppy House will be located between the NCNB and Home Federal buildings on South Try on Street. Mayor Kenneth R. Harris is scheduled to cut the ribbon to the Puppy House and help sell ...The EASIEST WAY to pick out the heet «I « COCKTAIL. PARTY la to And the one who to MEASURING the DRINKS. mmmmr /m ENGAGING BELINDA WELCH ...Park and Shop cashier Belinda Weich Is Beauty Of Week by Sherleen McKoy Post Staff Writer Our beauty for this week is 21-year-old Belinda Welch. She Is Studying at Central Piedmont Community College to become a probation officer. A four-year course, Belinda has already completed two years. This past summer, she had the opportunity to experi ence situations she will encounter in her future career as a probation trainee at the County Courthouse. "It's an interesting job," Belinda said. Whenever a defendant appeared before the judge for an offense, Belinda's job was to search the files for their past records and present the findings to the judge. According to the contents and volume of the defendant's rec ord, he was either sentenced at that particular time or his sentencing was postponed until a later date according to NCD To Operate Two Temporary Bue Routes For those who need medical attention during the bus strike, the Neighborhood Cen ters Department will operate two temporary bus routes from the Vest Boulevard and Greenville areas in Charlotte U> major medical centers in the City. On Route I, West Boulevard, buses will pick up passengers in the Boulevard Homes, Little Rock Apartments, Reid Park. Dalton Village, South side Homea, Brookhill Village and Griertown Route II, Greenville, will have passenger pickup· at Don: le Oaks, Dillehay Courts, Try on Hills. North Charlotte, and Earle Village. Pasaengera from both of these routes will be delivered to the following area·: Inde pendence Medical Plaza, HeeHft uepwnww, Memor ial Hospital, Department of Social Service·, ' Mental Health Center, Randolph Clin ic and Medical Building, Pied mont Eye Clihic, Presbyterian Hospital, Providence Medical Canter, Charlotte Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. Doctor's Building, and the Metroview Building. The Mue and white Neigh jorhood Center· buses will >perate weekdays between 3:30 a.m. and 5:20 p.m. The bus rides will be fr«e. Passen gers will be picked up only at CTS bus stop signs located along the temporary routes. For more information, contact the Neighborhood Centers at 374-2S37 the nature of the crime com mitted. Belinda's co-workers during her summer internship have been a deciding factor as to whether she should continue to pursue her proposed career. "They showed me the diffe rent things involved with be ing a probation officer," she explained. "I learned how to cooperate with people so that when I do become a probation officer, I will find it to be a fulfilling career." Belinda works as a cashier at Park-n-Shop to help contri bute to her academic finances In her spare time she likes to shoot pool, dance and parti cipate in outdoor activities. "I love meeting people," Belinda stated. "I like to judge people by who they are instead of what they are. I'm a happy person and I get along with everyone I meet." Belinda recalls the day she graduated from high school as being the happiest day of her life. Another secret thought she harbors is to take a trip around the world. "Id go to Paris first, she reflects, "and I'd like to end up in the Bahamas " Why the Bahamas? "To get some sun shine and some pleasant re membrances," she continued. Belinda plans to spend her Christmas holidays with her family. "Christmas is a spec ial time of the year because it means togetherness," Belinda said, "sharing Christmas with family and exchanging gifts with each other " > A Charlottean, Belinda is A 1976 graduate of South Meck lenburg High School. * The daughter of Mr and Mrs. Cleveland Welch, she Is the youngest of three brothers and three sisters Am Wake County Environmental Impact Of Pollution Concerns Blacks Food Stamp Allotment To Increase WASHINGTON, D.C.-Low income families will receive a cost-of-living increase in their food stamp allotments start ing Jan. 1. Assistant Secretary of Agriculture Carol Tucker Foreman announced recently. The increase, prescribed by law, reflects the rise in the cost of food from March through September of this year. For a family of four, this translates into a 5.2 percent increase in their food stamps. Between January and July 1979, states will be phasing in new allotments and income elegibility limits required by the Food Stamp Act of 1977. As a result, some states will be issuing food stamps under both old and new program rules while this transition is taking place Under the program rules being phased out, a family of four with no net income will have their allotment increas ed on Jan. 1 from the present $182 to$192. The maximum net monthly income a family .. of four may have and still be eligible for food stamps will increase from $607 to $640 Under new program rules, a family of four with no net income will receive a $191 food stamp allotment. The net monthly income limit for a four-person food stamp family will be $542, or about $6,500 per year This is nearly $1,200 a year lower than the net in come limits under the old program rules that are being phased out Election Board To Meet Thursday • The Mecklenburg County Board of Elections will hold an open meeting on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 4:00 p.m. in the Election Office at 710 E. Fourth Street Topics of discussion will include the results of the "Voting Place Straw Vote." Votera in certain districts may comment on whether they prefer the Newell School or Back Creek ΛΚΡ Church, and Derita . School or Mallard Creek Pres byterian Chu-ch as voting locations. Sheriff Spiritual singers Thomas Moore, Verna McCravy and Jerry Springs sing a refrain of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" at the Afro-Am erican Culture Center In the background is DonâId~5rêen's tapêstry, "Salaam"" AudiF ions for the new All City Spiritual Singers will be Sat.. Dec 16. ι photo by Eileen Hanson) Charlotte Will Soon Have Its Own Spiritual Choir by Eileen Hanson ' Special To The Post Charlotte will soon have its own spiritual choir. Auditions for the All City Spiritual Sin gers will be held Sat , Dec. R>7 at 3 ρ m at Spirit Square. 110 E. 7th Street. Verna McCravy and Jerry Springs are coordinating the project for the Afro-American Culture Center. They hope to recruit 100 voices-youth, sen-· ior citizens, men, women, blacks and whites-people of all different backgrounds. Anyone who enjoys singing is welcome. f "The old spirituals that played a vital part in Negro culture are becoming extinct," said Springs, a mem ber of the Afro-Center board VWe- want to rejuvenate the spirituals because they have a great depth of meaning for people today." Musician Thomas Moore will serve as a guide and resource for the group "Everyone can sing spirit uals," Moore emphasized Based on simple texts, musical line and repetitions, spirituals are a popular art form for all ages and nationa lities They are easy to sing and require no fancy instru ments-just the voices we al ready have. Potential singers should not be scared off by the auditions. The choir will be a diversified group-not a group of profess ionals. "Everyone has the talent to sing if they want to sing," affirmed Moore. "No one should be intimidated. We will be sharing music, not per forming it Everyone can get involved." The choir will present at least two major concerts a year. Smaller groupings will sing at schools, prisons, churches, public functions, senior citizens homes-any where they can share music with others. Spirituals bridge the gaps between people," said Moore. "They tell the oral history of the Negro people, recounting stories, nuturing values of respect and love, recalling the struggles of the past and the hopes of the future " McCravy is a local song writer and poet Her works include comtemporary music and some modem-day spirit uals. Although the choir will focus primarily on the old Negro spirituals, she empha sized that contemporary mus -ic wili.be sung as well. _ _ Moore is a native of Gaston ia and a graduate of Manhattan lN.Y.) School of Music. He is well-known in the Charlotte area for hts sing-ins, which lake place in senior citizens homes, public housing, schools, community centers and churches He has a special way of drawing his audience into the music, making them participants by singing and clapping out rhythms. Moore is an accomplished pianist, baritone and jazz musician, but spirituals are his special love. "The spirit is what makes u> brothers and sisters," said Moore "That is the heart of spirituals." For more information about the All City Spiritual Singers, call The Afro-Center, 37*1565, 8 30-4:30 weekdays City Has 25,000 Battered Women? , The practice of witc healing is not unique to the Dark Ages National studies reveal that 50 percent of all married women are beaten bv their husbands The City of Charlotte has 25.000 battered women Yet. no shelter or refuge exists for these women and their child ren. Klla Spencer is an example of one of the battered wives in the Charlotte community After being a victim of beat ings for seven years, she shot her husband in self-defense during an attack and now faces a prison sentence A fund raising rally for the defense of Klla Spencer and the establishment of an emer gency fund for battered women will be held on Satur day, Dec 16 from H 00a m to 4 00 ρ m in the Charlottetown Mall The public is invited to attend the activities which will include speakers and a film at 2 00 ρ m entitled. "Battered Women Violence Behind Closed Doors " The fundrais ing rally will be held in the rvin.MiMiiity Room on the Sec ond floor of the shopping center, and is being sponsored by the Committee for the defense ' ι Klla Spencer. John Baker Takes Public Office by Susan Ellsworth Post Staff Writer John Baker holds the dist inction of being the first black man ever elected as Sheriff in North Carolina. He was inau gurated on Monday, Dec. 4 as the Sheriff of Wake County., "Law enforcement is s trad ition in my family," Baker commented, "and 1 want to continue it" Baker's father became the first black police officer in the Raleigh Police Department 96 years ago; he Is currently a Master Patrolman. Born and raieed in Wake County, John Baker shared his father's interest in police work., .·" Investing his talents in law enforcement training. Baker became involved as a Youth Devetoptiïèfg Consultant for the Raleigh Police Depart ment, and a member of the North Carolina Board of Par ole* between seasons when he waa a professional football player. Baker was the first black man drafted into the NFL from a predominately black - college-North Carolina Cen tral University. Beginning his professional football career in 195β, Baker played for the Los Angeles Rams four years, followed by a seven year term for the Pittsburg Steelers. Aa Defen sive Captain for the Steelers, he was honored as their moat valuable plaver ·ί»"Τ John Baker ...Follows tradition After it year· in the football arena. Baker retired Most recently he served as an aide to Senator Robert Morgan He resigned that position to seek the office of Sheriff "My goal is to provide the best law enforcement service for all citizens, seven days a week. 24 hours a day," explained Baker As an active member of his community. Baker has served on the Board of Directors for the Red Cross and the United Kurd Me was recognized for an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Shaw University On four occasions, he was lauded Dy the City Council and General Assembly for his contributions to man*·*"* Baker is married and has a teenage son and daughter. Wyche:Urhan Environment Critical Area by Susan Ellsworth Post Staff Writer Awakening minorities to the environmental impact of poll ution was focus of a confer ence held. Dec. 1-2 in Atianta, Georgia, sponsored by the National Newspaper Publish ers Association under a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Pollution and its link with unemployment, poor educat ional opportunities, and in adequate recreational facilit ies interacting to create a deteriorating environment was discussed among the part icipants at the regional confer ence. In his remarks to those attending"* Πΐ e~ ~c ο riTerêncë,~ Paul Wyche Jr., Coordinator, of the Constituent Develop ment Unit of EPA National Headquarters called the urb an environment a critical area "Pollution hasn't been view ed as an issue or matter of survival in the black commun ity," Wyche explained "We are asmng that you make the EPA more account able to the black community," he added An address on "Jobs and the Environment!" _del:vered_by Paul Cobb, Director of the Oakland Citizens Committee for Urban Renewal, was con cerned with how to interest blacks in the problems caused by pollution that affect life "Pollution has been a closed issue for blacks. ' ' according to black environmentalist Cobb. "We must relate more to the blacks in the Federal agenc •es, to strengthen their hands and deliver services to the minority community "One way to wake up the minority community to the whole issue of environment, is to not talk about it in while middle-class environmental concepts, but approach it from a different perspective in terms of jobe. money and survival -things we can under stand," Cobb continued The three sessions that foll owed, involved discussions on "Air and Noise Problems," "Health Effects of Pollution," and "Water and Solid Waste Problems " Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Barbara Blum recently announced new initiative* to aid Minority Business Enter prise (MBE) participation in EPA grant-assisted projects. The initiative· wilJ increase the role of minority businesses in these projects, according to Ms. Blum. ■ The Development of an effective MBE program should greatly reduce serious problems encountered by minority businesses in their efforts to participate in work under EPA (rant-assisted pro jects. such aa the multi-billion dollar sewage construction grants program, " the explained All Federal EPA grants have programs included for the use of Minority businesses Eight percent of the grants have been appropriated for theae businesses, according to Carolyn Russell Director of the office of Civil rights and Urban Affairs.